Experience a Moldova Wine Tour

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It should come as no secret that Kylee and I are huge fans of wine. We’ve tasted wine all around the world, travelled to dozens of wine regions and have even worked in wineries. So during our time in Moldova, taking in some of the incredible wine the country is producing was a must. Moldova is a tiny, landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Wedged between Romania and the Ukraine, it’s rarely on the radar of most travellers. But whether you’re …

Visiting Targu Mures, Romania

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One of the reasons we really stayed in Romania for as long as we did, was to discover some of the lesser visited destinations. Targu Mures is one of those great little finds. Like most cities in Transylvania, there is a rich blend of Romanian and Hungarian history, and fantastic architecture with it. Though we only had two days to discover what to do in Targu Mures, the tease was enough to show how underrated this city really is! Especially …

Travel to Transnistria, a Country that Doesn’t Exist

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In the far reaches of Eastern Europe, on the edge of Moldova, is Transnistria – a country that doesn’t exist. This peculiar destination, where the hammer and sickle still reigns supreme, gives visitors a glimpse into the past. While in Moldova recently, I decided to travel to Transnistria for a day and experience this mysterious land for myself.          The Pridnestrian Moldovian Republic Transnistria is officially called the Pridnestrian Moldavian Republic. It’s a tiny strip of land wedged between the Dniester …

What To Do in Cluj, the Capital of Transylvania

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Before arriving in Transylvania, I pictured dense forests, and tall, rugged mountains, topped with menacing castles. And while those cliches are absolutely present, the idea of a large, bustling city like Cluj is certainly not what I had expected. Arriving in the city at the end of our busy road trip through Maramures, we had few clues on what to do in Cluj, but we would soon find out! Cluj-Napoca, as it’s known in a more official sense, is the …

Photo Essay: The Colours of Oaxaca

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Yellow and Blue A pretty standard-issue paint job in central Oaxaca. The contrast of blue and yellow is one of my favourite combinations on earth. I can’t get enough of this building. Accidental Street Art North of the city centre, near the apartment we lived in, was this seemingly forgotten truck. We passed this scene almost daily whether we were heading to the grocery store, bakery, cafe, or our favourite taco stand. The truck never moved during our entire stay. …

Driving in Romania

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Taking the reigns and driving ourselves is a rarity during our travels. Aside from the odd scooter rental in Asia or Latin America, we stick to more traditional travel methods. However, during our time in Romania, we decided to change things up a little and go on two separate road trips! To put it simply, driving in Romania was a remarkable experience!  I believe that anyone who feels remotely comfortable behind the wheel can (and should) consider giving this experience …

An Unexpected Jordanian Feast in Romania

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For the first time in nearly a year, we could see our breath. The weather was changing quickly and it was a cold morning as we walked to the bus station in Targu Mures. Though we weren’t entirely prepared for it, autumn was upon us. We had just spent the past couple of weeks adjusting to city life once again after our road trip through Maramures, as well as basking in some proper hotel life during this time. However, it …

25 Practical Travel Gifts for Under 50 Dollars

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Snow has officially begun to fall here in Moldova, which clearly signifies one thing: the temperature in the air is cold enough to turn air moisture into crystalized flakes… It also means that Christmas is fast approaching! Are you struggling to figure out what to buy your travel bug-bitten family member or friend? Are you heading off on a warm vacation in the new year, or planning a long-term journey? We’ve put together 25 of our favourite travel gifts under …

The Liebster Award

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So, by some wonderful stroke of awesome, we received three nominations for the Liebster Blogging Award in one week! How flattered we are to be thought of that much for writing a blog. This website is our baby, it requires a lot of attention, feeding, changing and love. However, at the end of the night, we can put it to sleep and it stays that way until we wake up in the morning, so at least as parents we’re well-rested! …

Traveller Interview: Eliza

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We first met Eliza back in 2013, during our first trip through Europe. We were taking a two-week tour through the Balkans as part of our visit, and Eliza was our guide. We’ve kept in touch over the years and she has since moved back to her native Poland, where she owns and operates her own tour company these days. During our visit to Warsaw a few months back, we were fortunate enough to spend a couple of evenings drinking …